Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Procurement Recommendations for Climate Friendly Refrigerants

October 1, 2020

Are you ready to take action on avoiding obsolete hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that will be phased down globally under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer) and that are prohibited under various state laws?

Developed by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), in partnership with IGSD, the Procurement Recommendations for Climate Friendly Refrigerants is a toolkit designed to help select affordable, energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment that uses next-generation refrigerants that are more climate friendly.

While this toolkit focuses on avoiding climate change impacts of HFCs, it also takes into consideration refrigerant flammability, toxicity, and atmospheric fate of the replacement refrigerants. This document focuses on small heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment where climate friendly alternatives are more readily available, cost effective, and compliant with US environmental and safety standards.​​

This document is the first formal output of the SPLC Climate Friendly Refrigerant Action Team. The Climate Friendly Refrigerant Action Team is dedicated to investigating global regulatory and voluntary programs to avoid and/or reduce emissions from high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs. It identifies opportunities and specific procurement options to:

  1. Avoid high GWP HFC refrigerants when purchasing new energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, and
  2. Reduce refrigerant leakage and service emissions.

We invite you to read and put their work to use in your own procurement processes, and to offer additional insights and experiences to sharpen and improve the guidance over time.

Download the Procurement Recommendations for Climate Friendly Refrigerants here.